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Crispy Sesame Fried Tofu

Japanese starter, tofu coated with sesame and cornflakes
  • Tofu (drained well - 12 pieces of 2”x 1”)
  • Oil to shallow fry
  • For the batter
  • Plain Flour/ Maida - ½ cup
  • Cornflour - 2 tbsp
  • Baking Powder - ¼ tsp
  • Black Pepper powder - to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • For crispy coating
  • Crushed cornflakes (crush till almost fine - ½ cup or as needed to coat)
  • Black sesame seeds - 1 to 2 tbsp
  • For garnish (optional)
  • Spring onion greens
  • To serve
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce or
  • Sweet (Sour and Hot Sauce or)
  • Chilli jam
  1. Take tofu block and put it in a bowl of hot water for 3 to 4 mins (not more). Drain well. You can keep this tofu in a muslin cloth and put it between two wooden blocks for few minutes to drain well as tofu contains large quantities of water. Cut into cubes.
  2. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the batter. Add enough water to make a thick batter.
  3. In another shallow bowl/plate combine the crushed cornflakes (crush with hands) and the sesame seeds. Mix lightly.
  4. Dip the tofu cubes in the batter, roll in the cornflakes mixture and shallow fry in hot oil. Fry on all sides till they turn golden brown.
  5. Garnish and serve hot.
  6. Now wasn`t that easy??!
You may use white sesame seeds instead of black.But if you do get hold of the black ones, do add it for an authentic Japanese flavor.
Soaking tofu in hot water will help to remove impurities if any and soften them enough to absorb the flavors of the other ingredients well.
Prathima Thotanthillaya